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  1. 6 points
    Hawksam67

    Panel Van Interior Builds

    Been through some changes since this photo.
  2. 5 points
    Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Ok I should probably update you all. its a month since my last update and well, the car is very close to finished, with only relatively minor things needed to finish it off. I only have the photos on my phone, so i will get to them in a seperate post, but I'll give you the run down. The interior is all back in, including the new mass sound deadener/carpet underlay, which made a massive difference to cabin noise. The brand new reproduction inner sill trims/carpet trims are in. I was under pressure from the RSOCV guys about getting the car "finished", or at the very least ready for display at Small Ford Sunday 2024, which happened Sunday just gone. So I had a lot of work ahead of me, with less than 4 weeks (since my last update) so get the car sorted. Needless to say, i made it. I had the car at SFS24, running and driving under its own power. Although it made it to SFS, the stereo wasn't wired up, thats not a big deal, but as of Friday morning the car nearly didn't make it. As of Friday morning, the car was not drivable. I was shattered. The car was having gearbox issues, which scared the crap out of me, given Rod and I had modified the gearbox, I was terrified something with the gearbox went wrong, but it was the aftermarket short shifter. How? well i wouldn't have believed it, if I didn't read it on a number of UK based forums, that some cheaper or lesser quality short shifters randomly fail, causing issues with being able to select 1st gear. In my case, I could not engage 1st gear at all, and it was crunching into 5th The fix, was to refit the standard shifter, and sure enough, problem solved. Friday, 2 days out from SFS, i still had a few things to sort out. - Fix the gearbox issue - finish polishing the outer sill trims, replace black stripe, and fit back on the car (pop riveted on) - and change the wheels to something presentable. the 13" 4 spokes are nice, but the black paint is flaking again, so need a pro resto job. so the car is back to running on the 15s. Ive been putting some decent kms on the car, driving back and forth to my folks place to reassemble the car in stages. the fuel consumption is the best it has ever been in the time ive owned the car, returning 9.8L/100km on the first tank i recorded. It will definitely go lower on the open road, and when I stop using so much throttle with the new carpet underlay in, the Recaro seats, and the 5 speed, the car is comfortable, and really nice to drive basically anywhere. i can sit on the freeway and cruise in it at 100km/h no worries. its not noisy, it feels tight, its not working too hard, and it doesn't get hot. So, whats left to do? - I need to add headlight film to protect the lights - look at the thermostat/cooling system. its not building temp. i suspect the thermostat is stuck open. - Stereo is all wired up, and sounds great - Front seat rail adapters have been painted today, so tomorrow the front seats can go back in for the last time, - waiting on front bumpers to come back from chrome platers. Other than those few things, the car is mostly done. interior is complete, once the front seats go back in. exterior is 95% there. So on that note I am just going to leave these two pics below as teasers. In my next update I will add more pics and details of what I went through the last few weeks. there was definitely some challenges. The top pic is the first drive around the block with the stock shifter back in the gearbox, and the 15" wheels back on. as you can see its a bit later in the day, so it was my only chance to test things out before SFS. The second pic, is a bit like a proud dad moment, driving the Escort into Small Ford Sunday to display the car. first time I have been in over 3 years, and in my own car again, was a such a great feeling. and the number of people who came to me and wanted to talk to me about the car, because they had heard its story, and what it had been through, was a little overwhelming.
  3. 3 points
    bear351c

    Panel Van Interior Builds

    Would be way cool, and friggin' expensive, if you had 2 big ar$e flat screens on the sides, playing vast amount of stars moving sideways. Give you the feeling that your'e travelling through space. LMAO. Great work, mate. Should be proud of your achievements.
  4. 3 points
    bear351c

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Could be points bounce, could be coil, could be vacuum leak, could be timing, could be old fuel, could be spark leads, could be i got no idea what I'm talking about. Let us know what ya find..... Love this little Esky. ...........and this one too.!
  5. 2 points
    Sacko7

    what gearbox?

    Thanks guys, 2.92 now installed i will see how it goes cheers
  6. 2 points
    XCeed

    XF DIFF RATIO

    Hi Spack, https://www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au/falcon_XE_technical_specifications Apparently some XE 4.1L diff centres were 3.23:1, according to this website. You'll have to go looking for a needle in a haystack I imagine.
  7. 1 point
    deankxf

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Absolutely amazing results and credit to you for turning around another write off decision by insurers. Been a pleasure following the restoration here and hearing the ups and downs of the process. So glad it's transformed by the tasteful modifications into a better road car too!
  8. 1 point
    Fingers

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    That was something my first Escort suffered
  9. 1 point
    CHESTNUTXE

    turbo 250 crossflow

    custom fab is needed,and lots of money i threw 10k into a carby engine and got 210 rwhp better tune would have seen maybe 240,most use the std barra turbo with good results,use std oil pump,no one makes large valves so ya have to turn down 2v clevo intakes and use chev 1.6 exhaust,you can throw 3k easy at a crossflow head to make that kind of power you are talking about,yes either ef crank or std 250 crank,another thing to consider is 3 or 4 bolt balancer ,i would start with a 84da block it has 1 piece rear main seal and larger flywheel bolts.
  10. 1 point
    deankxf

    turbo 250 crossflow

    depends on what your budget is, you should read Slydog's thread entirely. he's not been on and posting for a long while, but you'll get a fair idea of what's doable and what's needed (it blew up earlier in the thread, so make sure to keep reading to see what failed and why *I can't remember) pretty sure he's kept the stock rod length, and it's using an EF crank, (more counterweights for better balance) later in the thread it's now boosted
  11. 1 point
    deankxf

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    @SPArKy_Dave may speak that language? i vaguely remember one terminal needs power put to it to excite some part of it.. not enough memory to advise anything
  12. 1 point
    fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Hi All Just wanted to provide an update. Have been very busy and haven’t spent any good time on this. Since my last update, below is what I have achieved: Fuel / Pump: EFI tank has been installed. I have removed the existing return line and have made a new hard line 5/16” and installed it. Have also replaced all the hoses with EFI rated hoses, installed a fuel filter and pretty much ready to hook up to the engine. I also have upgraded the pump to a Bosch GENUINE BOSCH MOTORSPORT 023 INTERNAL FUEL PUMP 0580254023. Pretty much slotted straight in. Clutch / Flywheel: Malwood has provided me with a heavy duty clutch/ flywheel / sandwich plate and spigot bearing etc. Also got myself the hydraulic pedal conversion as well, so really excited about that one. So right now I’ve just been prepping the engine and engine bay - and getting close to drop this in. Changing the rear welsh plug and also rear main seal and then I’ll put the flywheel and clutch on. I’ve been looking at the wiring and just checking everything off. Something I haven’t really figured out yet is the alternator. It’s a 3 pin alternator on the motor, does anyone have any advice on how to hook this up in the XF. I have the 3 pin connector it only has 2 wires on it. Currently the XF has B+ D+ + D- The alternator on the Windsor has absolutely no markings. I assume the main connection will go directly to the battery, the 2 wires on the 3 pin connector I am assuming one is the alternator warning lamp the other needs to loop back onto the positive connection on the alternator. Have searched and can’t really find anything on these alternators. Anyone done this before able to explain how they managed this? Thanks
  13. 1 point
    Sacko7

    Diff ratio

    I have just recently converted my XE from a 6 to the 351 V8. Having drum brakes on the rear I fitted an XR6 rear end so that I could stop. I took the car out for a run and was doing about 2700 revs at 100kmh. Wanting it for a cruiser and not needing it quick off the mark I looked at the diff ratio. I believe what is currently in is a1-345 which would have been coupled to a 4 speed box. I am about to change it to a 2.92 but I have been told that the V8 actually had a 2.77. But I have been told that 2.77 will not go in a Borg Warner housing. I am not unrealistic, I did not convert the car for economy and having a new 650 Holley it will use fuel. But if I can just decrease the revs a little at highway speeds I would be happy. Any idea's welcomed. Thanks Sacko7
  14. 1 point
    deankxf

    Diff ratio

    in My experience most borg warner diff V8s were 2.92 (9" had 2.75) there's only 5% difference to them. 2.92 at 100kmh would be about 2400rpm 2.77 at 100 would be 2300 ish 3.45 XR6 diff you have should be 2850rpm 3.23 XR8 diff would be about 2650/2700rpm if you have a ready to fit 2.92 diff, just chuck it in, 2.77 isn't enough difference to be worried about even on a 6cyl 99% of the time.
  15. 1 point
    SPACK

    XF DIFF RATIO

    Would like to change the diff ratio in my XF, I believe its a 2.77..just to low for me, Is there a 3.23 diff centre, that I can put straight in...
  16. 1 point
    deankxf

    XF DIFF RATIO

    what do you mean run out longer? 2.77 with an auto will do say 90kmh ish in 1st gear at 5400rpm 3.23 by comparison might be around 70kmh. (but will take off faster)
  17. 1 point
    SPACK

    XF DIFF RATIO

    The 2.77 is NOT lame..however i am having to go through the gears to fast , the ratio is too low, I have an AU /several actually, with around the same HP, and the ratios being 3.23/3.45 are better suited to the HP..I want the XF to run out longer as the engine runs out near 5400 RPM, I want the diff to run out longer..
  18. 1 point
    SPACK

    XF DIFF RATIO

    ok thanks..might have to change the whole thing..
  19. 1 point
    Back space of wheels lately has really got my interest,especialy in x series,trying to fit 8 inch wide rims on my xe is not as easy as it sounds,back in the day you could buy 14x8 12 slots from bob jane with zero ET or 4 inch backspace, which would work on the front,as the 14x8 hotwires had a -6 ET,and did not fit correct ,well they did but came within 1mm of hitting suspension bits,generaly speaking most ford factory wheels in the 6 to 7 inch have a backspace of 3 and 3/4 or +6 ET,0 ET will work but cutting it fine,+ 4 or 5 i would prefer.
  20. 1 point
    Adrian853

    Radial Tuned Suspension

    I was looking at getting the King Springs / Koni set-up but the price was way too much; around twice of what I could get Pedders springs and shocks for here in UK. So I went the Pedders route; Sports Ryder coils 2033, big bore gas front shocks 9158, and gas shocks on the rear 9075. I also comforted myself that the spring rates would be better matched to the shocks' damping coefficient compared to springs/shocks from different manufacturers. In my research for what was out there I came up with the following table based heavily on the information that Pedders provide because they are the most transparent. Hopefully this may be of use to others and I would welcome any additions, corrections or clarifications. Global West and King there is literally no information available from the manufacturer, so the information I have is pretty speculative. For spring drop Global West seem to suggest cold cutting the springs - which I thought was always frowned upon? Interestingly, the Global West springs seem to be a lot stiffer than the Pedders.
  21. 1 point
    Rayinsydney

    XE door handles

    ok, so I got the handle sorted, it now opens like a brand new door , but not fixed in the way you suggested. the metal rod was slightly bent, so I slightly unbent it, and it made no difference, inside handle worked perfectly still, outside handle no go, I tried to make it as straight as i could, and it still didn't help. So i googled something like 'falcon door mech adjustment' or similar, and a video popped up with a guy showing the same issue, he took the latch mech off and bodged a screw to be glued right next to the metal pin to make the pin 'bigger', so i gave this a go using knead it, and it worked, its perfect. The passenger rear door was similar , as in awkward to open, but if you were gentle, it always opened, so i did the same thing on it just to see if it wasn't a fluke figuring that its only Knead it so as strong as it is, you can always knock it off if its a fail so nothing to lose, and it worked, with almost no effort, both rear doors are opening perfectly. Might be worth a try if anyones having door opening issues. happy days.
  22. 1 point
    Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Well some good news. I do have oil pressure. i went to my dad’s place today and he helped plumb in a mechanical oil pressure gauge. Not very fine increments, but that is reading around 30-35psi. at the same time the VDO inside was reading 20psi. So my VDO sender appears to be playing up. Ill just leave the below pic there for you to all enjoy. first time the Escort has been at my parent’s house since it was off the road. A quick snap with my father’s S2 Land Rover, affectionately known as George, 1 of 2 specially built, fire service vehicles for Sydney Showgrounds. Unfortunately George’s brother is nowhere to be found. While George has had a full tear down, nut and bolt restoration done by the previous owner.
  23. 1 point
    Thom

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    How old are the points? A lot of new points the spring is too soft letting the points float exactly the same way sometimes valve springs let the valves float, easiest way to check is if you have an old set that are usable throw them in and see if the problem disappears
  24. 1 point
    deankxf

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    could also be POINT BOUNCE, i recall it being an issue on something i had, gap too wide possibly but mine was caused by worn dizzy bushings
  25. 1 point
    Hawksam67

    Panel Van Interior Builds

    I have been busy with a new direction on the interior still star wars themed but more Millennium Falcon. cheers Scott
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